Makar Sankrati is the most auspicious time in the Hindu calendar and the day is celebrated grandly around the country. Following the movement of the sun, this festival is celebrated on 14th January every year. The most exciting part of this festival is the lip-smacking food along with hundreds of people flying kites from the terrace. Take in the spirit of this exciting festival at these places to hold on to in your memories forever.
For Makar Sankranti, heed to Ahmedabad, the city that has an old world charm. At Ahmedabad, during Uttarayan you'll see kites taking off and covering the fresh winter sky in vivid specs from the terrace of hundreds of people. The best part about visiting Ahmedabad during Makar Sankranti is that the markets are filled with colourful kites, waiting to be bought by the heaps. You get to see different varieties of kites. We recommend you to go to the Khadia area in Ahmedabad which has the tallest terrace that would let you see the entire city engaged in kite flying. Apart from kite flying, you'll like their special vegetable called undhiyo. Udhiyo is prepared from several beans, roots, and few seasonal vegetables. Soak in the hospitality of Ahmedabad along with celebrating Makar Sankranti (Uttarayan).
A lot of you must have not heard about a small place in Uttarakhand called Bageshwar that organizes the four-day Uttarayani Fair during Makar Sankranti. The Uttarayani celebration at Bageshwar has a custom of political revives other than the conventional social merriments of respecting the sun's passageway into the zodiac indication of Capricorn on the event of Makar Sankranti. You get to see a lot of commercial activities been taken care of over there. The sight of so many joyful people in colourful clothes is a delight to watch on Makar Sankranti at Bageshwar.
Jodhpur at Makar Sankranti is the best place to be because of the Jodhpur International Desert Kite festival being hosted over there. Take time to visit this to see the huge kites the kite fliers from all across the globe showcasing their kite flying skills. Spend your visit looking at the sky full of beautiful and colourful kites of various designs along with the enthusiasm among the people regarding the Kite festival. It reaches the highest point when a kite gets cut.
Makar Sankranti is also known as Magh Bihu in Guwahati who have their unique way of celebrating this festival. The end of the winter solstice month is rejoiced by the people of Guwahati by organizing community feasts and entertainment events. They lit bonfires known as 'Mejis' which are made of wood, bamboo, and hay. Guwahati is no doubt one of the best places to visit during Makar Sankranti to see a completely different side of the country celebrating Makar Sankranti in their own style.
Every year during the 14th of January Jaipur organizes the grand Kite Festival which is inaugurated on the Polo Grounds. Exhibitions are set up to make the function all the more engaging and a stupendous parade is held with elephants, camels, and artists. The finale and prize dispersion of the Makar Sankranti Celebration is additionally held at this setting. Visiting Jaipur during Makar Sankranti is the best thing to do because the residents of Jaipur play music on the streets and enjoy the festival to their core.
Q: Why do we celebrate Makar Sankranti?
A: This Hindu festival is celebrated following the sun god's ascendancy into the northern hemisphere. It is celebrated on the same day every year which is 14th of January.
Q: What are the other names for Makar Sankranti?
A: Sakraat or Khichdi, Uttarayan, Magha Saaji, Suggi, Maghi and Pongal.